Teater Ekamatra is an established and exciting Singaporean arts company that spotlights artists of diverse ethnicities.
Helmed by award-winning director and performer Mohd Fared Jainal, we are living out our vision of being at the heart of theatre, by staging daring works that address socio-political issues.
Teater Ekamatra has been commissioned by notable international arts festivals and has also won numerous accolades, especially at Singapore’s highest platform for excellence in theatre, the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, where our trophies have included Best Original Script several times.
Guided by our values of diversity, inclusivity, integrity, accountability, and people-centredness, Teater Ekamatra is committed to our mission of creating engaging art that inspires, as well as incubating emerging talents, and expanding diversity within the industry.
We have a dedicated team of associate artists comprising of video designer, E Lee Loong; playwright / director, Irfan Kasban; actress / host Munah Bagharib; Bharathanatyam dancer, Ruby Jayaseelan; and playwright / dramaturg Zulfadli Rashid.
Fared engages in cross-disciplinary work that delves into the realms of both visual and performing arts, with a particular interest in space, body and design. A strong advocate of physical theatre, he is constantly exploring body craft in performance. He is also studying the relationships between elements and principles of art and the human self, asserting these links to be in symmetry and simultaneously manipulative.
Fared has collaborated extensively with various theatre and art groups in Singapore as a director, performer, visual artist and set designer. He is the founding member of neontights, a theatre design collective that creates innovative stage sets and props pieces. Fared also teaches at School of the Arts (SOTA).
Eric Lee makes videos in Singapore. He likes other things too. Like writing, drawing and making books. His most recent works include a 20 minute monologue titled "By the Book" and visuals for the improvisational music festival, "Closer to the Edge".
Irfan is a freelance theatre-maker who writes, directs, designs and at times perform. The former Associate Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra was responsible for mentoring MEREKA, its youth incubation programme; works such as Hantaran Buat Mangsa Lupa (M1 Fringe Festival 2012) and 94:05 KakiSeni Festival 2013); main season shows This Placement (2012), TAHAN (2013), A Beautiful Chance Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on an Operating Table (2014), The Wasteland (2014), GRC (2015), ANA (2015), and most recently, Trees, A Crowd (Twenty-something Festival 2016). He often designs lights to cut cost, but he loves it all the same.
From the way she bounces into a room with the bright smile and bubbly “hello”, you can’t tell that Maimunah Bagharib is serious about what she does. But behind the carefree personality is a prolific actress who has delivered vastly varied yet consistently inspiring performances – whether she’s exploring the unjust treatment of women in power as Ana in Teater Ekamatra’s Projek Suitcase, or a Singing & Dancing Chiobuu in the Broadway Beng 10th Anniversary show.
Ruby Jayaseelan did not know what to do so she decided to dance it away. She spent 8 years acquiring formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, in Singapore and India. Over the years, she also exposed herself intensively to Physical Theatre, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, somatic and experimental movement in order to travel the world in the name of art. Or maybe, it's the other way around.
Zulfadli Rashid is a multi-hyphenated playwright; proficient in both the English and Malay language. He is also a founding member of the playwriting collective, Main Tulis Group. His notable plays include the award-nominated musical 'Alkesah', 'Harap' (an adaptation from Haresh Sharma's Hope), 'The Chronicles of One and Zero: Kancil' and, 'Balik'. Zulfadli looks forward to collaborate with artistes across disciplines, languages, cultures, and nationalities; creating art that will entertain, enlighten, and inspire.
Tan Shou Chen